What is Nordic Walking?
It is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we learn to do as babies twice as effective!
Nordic Walking uses poles to add two major benefits to walking:
- The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used.
- The poles help propel the walker along – this means you can burn up to twice as many calories, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.
What are the benefits of Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody, from those with medical problems to the super fit. Whatever age, fitness level or goal, Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.
Nordic walking works your upper and lower body. It exercises 90% of your body's muscles (95% if you're talking to your friends in class!) and tone your legs, buttocks, chest, shoulders and particularly the backs of your arms!
It can burn approximately 20% more calories than ordinary walking!
Nordic walking is an ideal exercise for older adults to maintain functional capacity and lead an active and longer life.
It can get you away from your desk. Nordic walking can be done in your lunch break, doesn't require you to get too sweaty and can help lift aches and pains resulting from sitting in front of a computer.
Nordic walking is a perfect activity to combine the mental health benefits of effective exercise with those of being outdoors.
If you are not already convinced to give Nordic Walking a try, then simply put the benefits are:
- It can be done anywhere- no need for hills, country paths or even snow!
- It appeals to all ages and fitness levels.
- There's no need to wear special exercise clothing.
- It is very sociable; participants can chat as they go!
- It is easy to learn and to keep up.
Further information on Nordic Walking and the health benefits can be found on the NHS Choices website, please click here.